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Jammin'

Jammin’
by Owen Waters

Long the dream of its founders Charlie Smith, Scotty Wilson, Abby O’Neal and Sir Richard Branson, the BVI Kite Jam inaugural event attracted pro and amateur riders fro...
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Indigo House

Indigo House
On the Beach in Cane Garden Bay

by Traci O'Dea

In the November issue of Property Guide, I reviewed a home in my neighbourhood of Cane Garden Bay that I’d never seen before becaus...
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Rock Haven

Rock Haven
by Traci O'Dea

Mike Masters, known in the BVI as the go-to guy for stainless steel banisters, biminis and barbecues, is in the process of building a one-of-a-kind home on Tortola.I visit...
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Editor's Notes
Editor Editors' Letter
by Traci O'Dea

It's the end of an era.

First of all, I have moved. I’ve swapped my much-mentioned studio apartment in Cane Garden Bay for a hillside bungalow in Little Bay with stunning views. But, before I packed up the last few boxes at my studio, I had the pleasure of visiting Indigo House—a property that I’ve passed hundreds of times on my local beac...

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RBVIYC's Rafting
RBVIYC

RBVIYC's Raft Splashes Down
Youth Programme Moves to Nanny Cay

Story and photos by David Blacklock

The BVI abounds with sailors of impressive calibre. From Olympians and class champions to America's Cup squad members, many have settled here to raise children and enjoy the bounties of the Caribbean lifestyle. Contributing to the education of the Islands’ children in the fun and exciting ...
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The View at the Bay
The View at the Bay

The View at Brandywine Bay
by Richard Finnegan, Roger Downing & Partner

Where you choose to live in Tortola is all about the view. The View Apartments at Brandywine Bay is a contemporary oceanfront residential and commercial property on the last sand beach on Tortola’s south shore.

The View was designed by architect Richard Finnegan of RDP Architects & Engineers, well known for the rece...
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Performs & Protects
Performs & Protects

Hull Paint that Performs & Protects
by Traci O’Dea

I spent a hot and sunny Friday afternoon walking around the boatyard at Nanny Cay with Eldred Williams and Andy MacDonald from BVI Painters (Nanny Cay) and Caribbean Colours (Fish Bay) who pointed out yachts at different stages in the painting process. Some of the boats had been stripped down to the fibreglass, wood or steel while others h...
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Happy Hour Spice
Happy Hour Spice

Spicing Up Happy Hour
by Susie Younkle

There are few empty bedrooms or berths in the BVI at this time of the year as people flee cold climates and seek refuge with friends and family in the Islands’ predictably balmy weather.
    
After spending the day exploring the BVI on land and by water, my visitors are always hungry when happy hour rolls around. Since happy hour is rarely li...
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Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Shopping through History
by Traci O'Dea

Though many cynics like to claim otherwise, St Valentine’s Day has a history that began long before the holiday was hijacked by Hallmark, chocolatiers and florists. This list offers possible Valentine’s Day gifts with historical significance while also providing an abridged history of the holiday. 

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Being an Architect
Being an Architect

Being an Architect in the BVI is Never Boring
by Steve Fox, Managing Director, OBM International

Working as an architect in the British Virgin Islands, people I meet are often curious to know more about what it’s like—what do we design, who do we design for, is it enjoyable.
    
Well, from the outset, when I came to work here nearly seven years ago, it was clear that things...
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All Before 1PM
All Before 1PM

From Beef Island to St Maarten and Dominica and Back Again. All Before 1PM.
Story and photos by Traci O'Dea

I enjoy flying, but I probably spend most flights distractedly anticipating what I’ll be doing when I get off the plane—whether it’s going on vacation, visiting family or returning home. But on a random Wednesday in January, I got on a plane just to fly. It’s a comp...
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Real Estate
Real Estate

Real Estate and Asset Allocation
by Adam Stauffer, CFA, Chief Investment Officer at Offshore Investment Advisor

US home equity peaked in 2005 at $13.1 trillion when it accounted for over 22% of households’ net worth, according to the Federal Reserve. Now five years later it stands at $7 trillion and accounts for only 13%. The magnitude of this fall and its unprecedented global reach have left ...
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